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ALBUM REVIEW

Maceo Parker: Soul Food: Cooking With Maceo

Read "Soul Food: Cooking With Maceo" reviewed by Ian Patterson

After a trio of albums with the WDR Big Band, funk legend Maceo Parker returns to the more familiar, small ensemble terrain. It can be a challenge for any artist whose natural turf is the live arena to reproduce the same electricity in a studio setting--and for almost six decades Parker has been a road animal with James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic, Prince, and his own bands--but with Soul Food: Cooking With Maceo, the seventy-seven year old saxophonist comes pretty close. Like ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Charlotte Greve / Vinnie Sperrazza / Chris Tordini: The Choir Invisible

Read "The Choir Invisible" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The music on The Choir Invisible, presented by the musical equilateral triangle of saxophonist Charlotte Greve, drummer Vinnie Sperrazza and bassist Chris Tordini, presents the ear with a simple yet often intense beauty. Three strong sonic personalities exploring uncluttered territory. The trio, all of whom are busy members of the New York City jazz scene, formed their The Choir Invisible in 2017. This eponymous album is their first recording. When the subject of an alto sax, bass and ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Billie Davies: Whadeva (Live at Dangerous Art Studios February 13, 2020)

Read "Whadeva (Live at Dangerous Art Studios February 13, 2020)" reviewed by Geno Thackara

When you think of the music of jny: New Orleans, chances are you're not imagining anything like Whadeva--semi-avant-garde improvisation with light electronics is hardly the first association that comes to anyone's mind. Nonetheless the Big Easy's personality is still clear through this freewheeling EP, which was knocked out in a Ninth Ward studio in one free-spirited day. The trio of players are all based in the city, if not lifelong natives, and they like to channel its spirit of celebration ...

SOCAL JAZZ

Steve Khan: A Rich Discography and A Priceless Left Hand

Read "Steve Khan: A Rich Discography and A Priceless Left Hand" reviewed by Jim Worsley

The life and times of guitarist extraordinaire Steve Khan stretch through a high volume of evolving chapters that fuse together like the passages of a finely crafted arrangement. An expansive conversation with Khan touched on a variety of memories. Still, this is perhaps the Reader's Digest version of the seventy-three years old musician and composer's remarkable journey. The fusion turned Latin guitarist has recorded over twenty studio albums and appears on nearly one hundred more records with other ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Rez Abbasi: Django-shift

Read "Django-shift" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Django Reinhardt's music is so ubiquitous that it's easy to forget his career was relatively brief. The gypsy guitarist/composer had recorded hundreds of 78s and acetates before he died of a stroke in 1953 at age forty-three. On many early sides, he played a six-string banjo-guitar hybrid tuned in the standard tuning of a guitar. Norman Granz produced the only full LP Reinhardt session two months before the artist passed. Along with over twenty posthumous compilation releases, Nuages (Verve, 1953) ...

LIVE REVIEW

2020 Fano Jazz by the Sea

Read "2020 Fano Jazz by the Sea" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Fano Jazz By The Sea Rocca Malatestiana Fano, Italy July 24-31, 2020 In the first half of 2020, the Italian jazz scene was heavily affected by the Covid-19 pandemic that so tragically hit the country. Winter and spring festivals in Bergamo, Torino, Novara, Bolzano, Vicenza, and other cities, had to be cancelled or postponed. Luckily, the flattening of the pandemic's curve and the consequent gradual social re-opening have made it possible for ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Adam Shulman Septet: West Meets East

Read "West Meets East" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The “west" here is represented by San Francisco-based pianist and group leader Adam Shulman, the “east" by the other half-dozen members of Shulman's impressive septet. Even though the reasons that led to the alliance are ambiguous, what matters is the payoff, and that is more than admirable from any vantage point. As if to mirror the ensemble's six-and-one makeup, Shulman wrote six of the album's seven engaging numbers; the seventh (the rapid-fire “Whose Blues") was composed by ...


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